Did you know that the baby fiddleheads are a delicacy? Sauteed in butter they taste similar to asparagus. (I can neither confirm nor deny this.)
The Western Maidenhair fern has a couple unique features that make it one of the most delicate of the fern family. (I’m not really an expert, it just sounded good.)
The fine, black, stem contrasts with the green leaves. It looks like the fronds shoot off one side of the main stem which makes it curl. The maidenhair ferns grow in the splash-zone of waterfalls and creeks. I found these when I hiked up the creek to check on our spring head after the neighbor reported she’d ran out of water.
Here are some different types mixed together. I think the fiddleheads only grow from the ferns that grow in a clump that are green year-round.
I don’t think Calla Lillies are natural here in Oregon. But, where they’ve been planted, they multiply like crazy. They like shade. I took these cuttings and noticed something funny on the stalk of the bloom that hadn’t opened all the way yet.
Only the stalk of the newer blossom curled.